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Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is in top form as VP Selena Meyer in Jeep

John Byrne checks out the returning Veep and newcomer Silicon Valley, as well as two very different documentary series, one about Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel and the other about gifted British kids

Reviewed: Veep (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic); Silicon Valley (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic); The Shelbourne (, RTÉ One); Child Genius (Sunday, Channel 4)

Right, let's get the fun bits out of the way before I get on to the far more serious topic of pushy parents and their hideous ways. Veep (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic) returned for a third season and it's now official that I want to have Julia Louis-Dreyfuss ...

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Alan Carr is back with a Chatty Man summer special

John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Mon Jul 21 - Fri 25)

There are more new and returning shows this week, while both Veep and The Americans are hitting their stride, and Maggie Q kicks-off a final run of Nikita.

Pick of the week

Alan Carr: Chatty Man Summer Special (Friday, Channel 4)

In olden times, TV summer specials were all the rage – although they were usually Saturday night entertainment shows. Here, Alan Carr returns to host his own summer special, shown in two parts. Guests joining him for summertime fun are comedy queen Miranda Hart ...

RTÉ TEN TV picks for Tuesday

Devious Maids

There's some great telly tonight with Devious Maids (8.40pm, RTÉ Two), The Americans (10.25pm, RTÉ Two) and Ray Donovan (10.00pm, Sky Atlantic) the pick of the bunch.

Devious Maids
8.40pm, RTÉ Two
Last week's pilot episode was great fun, and it looks like Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has another big hit on his hands. Valentina's plans to get closer to Remi continue to irritate Zoila. Rosie gets caught in the middle when Spence accuses Peri of cheating. Carmen takes advantage of Alejandro and Odessa being out of the house, much to Sam ...

The scenes will air on BBC One and RTÉ One on Thursday July 24

EastEnders set for heart-to-heart

Two of EastEnders' younger characters will have to face their feelings for each other on BBC One and RTÉ One this week.

Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel
form a great double-act in Person of Interest

On the Box - TV Preview

John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (July 12-18)

Michael Emerson is all tics and mannerisms in Person of Interest

On the Box - TV Review

This week's box beat sees John Byrne reviewing the second season double-bill opener of Person of Interest, a new comedy from Chuck Lorre, a documentary about songs banned in Britain, and Bill O'Herlihy's World Cup swan song.

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a philanthropist  in The Honourable Woman

On the Box - TV Review

John Byrne takes in a new drama on BBC Two featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, a US sci-fi show on E4, and an RTÉ One documentary about drug mule Michaella McCollum Connolly.

Stephen King's sci-fi drama Under the Dome is back for a second season

On the Box - TV Preview

It's hello to the returning Saturday Night with Miriam and Under the Dome, and it's cheerios for the departing Penny Dreadful and Bones. Telly never stands still . . .

The Good Wife just got better

On the Box - TV Review

John Byrne looks back on a game-changing episode of The Good Wife, large chunks of Glastonbury, an animated spy series on demand, life in the Mormon community - and the latest World Cup action.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rupert Frazer in The Honourable Woman

On the Box - TV Preview

John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Sat Jun 28 - Fri Jul 4)